Matter & Interactions 2nd ed. Practice Problems
Aaron Titus | High Point University
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2g30002     An electron deflected by charged plates.     2g30002
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An electron enters a region of uniform electric field between two closely spaced, oppositely charged plates as shown below with an initial speed of m/s. Upon exiting the region, it has been deflected upward. The horizontal displacement of the electron through the plates is 5 cm, and the plates are separated a distance 5 mm.

Figure: An electron deflected by oppositely charged plates.

  1. Sketch the electric field between the plates.
  2. Which plate is positively charged and which plate is negatively charged?
  3. Which plate is at a higher electric potential ?
  4. Sketch the path of the electron as it travels through the plates.
  5. If the vertical deflection of the electron is 1 mm, what is the potential difference across the plates?